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Simpkins, Team NLP Aid Paul Development

AAU basketball has become an important part of a young athlete's development, providing top competition to compare talents and create reputations. Some of these programs do more for their players than others, and Dickie Simpkins and his Team NLP group are one of the good ones.

Illinois basketball fans have a special interest in Team NLP because it has featured future Illini Brandon Paul among its top performers. Paul was working on his skill development with Simpkins, a former three-time National Champion with the Chicago Bulls, when Dickie began his AAU team in 2007. Simpkins explains the purpose of NLP (Next Level Performance). "NLP is a basketball skill...

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